Need a survey...?
You should consider getting a survey done even if you are buying a brand new home.
When buying a house or flat, it's important that you get a house survey done once your offer has been accepted. Here we explain house survey costs, the differences between a HomeBuyer's Report, building survey and condition report, and what the best option might be for the home you're buying.
House surveys will help you find out about the condition of the building and, if there are problems, give you a powerful reason for negotiating the buying price down or asking the seller to fix the problems before you move in.
Types of house survey
There are three main types of survey:
HomeBuyer's Report (formerly known as the HomeBuyer's Survey)
There are no hard and fast rules about which type of survey you should get, it will mostly depend on how much detail you want and the age of the property you're buying.
The most popular type of survey is the HomeBuyer's report, but you may decide a different one would be better for your situation.
Oakwood homes have access to a number of Surveying firms that we can recommend, all of which are regulated by the RICS. If you would like a quote, please contact us for a specific fee based on the property you are buying.
If you are buying a property with a mortgage, your lender will require a valuation survey to be carried out. They will arrange this from their own panel of nationally approved surveyors and the charge associated will be confirmed to you at the point of instruction. It is sometimes possible to 'upgrade' your survey with your lender to a HomeBuyer's report if required.